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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: June 15, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

    Something for the weekend: improve your language skills

    Ciara O'Brien

    We may have no chance of making it to the next round of the Euros, but if you’re hanging around for the Italy match, this app might come in handy.

    Polski Me is a mini phrase book for your smartphone, complete with audio recordings because let’s face it, most of us wouldn’t have a clue how to pronounce them if we just saw them written down.

    But it’s not a phrasebook in the boring “How do I get to the station? Where is the nearest police station? Can I have the bill please?” way.

    Sure, there are everyday phrases in there too, but you’ll also be able to boast about never beating the Irish (metaphorically speaking, of course), telling someone that their beauty is dazzling, or ascertaining if those are, in fact, real. Useful phrases, you see.

    You’ve no one to blame but yourself though if you try the line “You’re ugly but you intrigue me”.